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FAQ: Replacing Medicare’s Physician Payment Formula

March 24, 2015 | by Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News | Comments

The House is likely to vote this week on a proposal to scrap Medicare’s troubled physician payment formula, just days before a March 31 deadline when doctors who treat Medicare patients will see a 21 percent payment cut.

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Qualifying a Reprocessor

April 15, 2015 10:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, executive editor | Comments

Medline’s Renewal Full Circle Reprocessing cites the following as questions to ask in qualifying potential partners for off-site instrument cleaning, sterilization, maintenance and repair.

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Drug Mistake During Surgery Results in Lawsuit

April 15, 2015 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The lawsuit claims the staff performed more complex surgery than the center is authorized to do. The patient was undergoing a cervical spine fusion operation in May 2013.

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Study Finds EXPAREL Improves Outomes, Saves Money

April 10, 2015 9:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The data found EXPAREL use associated with improved clinical outcomes and a favorable cost savings per patient compared to the standard of care. 

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Drug Re-engineered to Improve Surgery Outcomes

April 8, 2015 10:09 am | by NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY | Comments

Ameer and his team were able to revamp this long-established drug to not only prevent this risky side effect but to use it as a template to deliver nitric oxide, a molecule that plays a vital role in many biological processes and is potentially useful to prevent scarring in vascular grafts and stents.

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Stem Cells May Improve Tendon Healing, Reduce Risk

March 26, 2015 12:20 pm | by AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS | Comments

An injection of a patient's bone marrow stem cells during rotator cuff surgery significantly improved healing and tendon durability, according to a study presented today, March 26, at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

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Takeaways From AORN

March 19, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

I’m excited to share some of what I thought were the most interesting products, concepts and conversations from my attendance of the Association for periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Surgical Conference & Expo, which recently took place in Denver.

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GERD and Bariatric Surgery

March 18, 2015 11:57 am | Comments

For some patients bariatric surgery can resolve GERD symptoms. But for others, GERD continues even after a successful amount of weight is lost following surgery.

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Positive Disruptions – Next Level Visualization

March 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

When it comes to the rate of improvement and volume of upgrades, perhaps no single technology has seen as much progress as OR visualization technologies. The questions that remain for the surgical community stem from decisions on whether or not to seek the immediate upgrade or wait for the next improvement in six to 12 months.

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Positive Disruptions — Multi-Modality Imaging with 4K UHD

March 16, 2015 2:53 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

The third in a series of looks at the most significant technology topics impacting the OR and influencing the future of surgery.

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Positive Disruptions - Expanding 3D and Robotic Implementation

March 13, 2015 12:39 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

The second in a series of looks at the most significant technology topics impacting the OR and influencing the future of surgery.

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One Way to Say No To Drugs Following Knee and Hip Replacements

March 13, 2015 12:17 pm | by Interview by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

Dr. Clifford W. Colwell sat down with Surgical Products to offer some additional perspective on the use of a mobile compression device to combat VTE, or blood clots, following hip and knee replacement surgeries.

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Hundreds of Hospitals Struggle to Improve Patient Satisfaction

March 11, 2015 12:57 pm | by Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News | Comments

Nationally, the hospital industry has improved in all the areas the surveys required by Medicare track, including how clean and quiet their rooms are and how well doctors and nurses communicate. But hundreds of hospitals have not made headway in boosting their ratings, federal records show.

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Photo of the Day: The Connected OR at AORN

March 10, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

This photo showcases a fully-constructed operating room that Steris has on display to help attendees appreciate the surgical equipment, monitors and other products that they have identified as key in keeping pace with procedural demands and patient needs.

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Improving Pain Management Practices

March 10, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

A look at how new pharmaceutical developments could help improve patient comfort and post-operative results.

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JAMA Viewpoint: Young African American Men Left Out

March 9, 2015 1:06 pm | by Boston University Medical Center | Comments

Healthcare spending is at an all-time high in the U.S., yet young African-American men see little benefit, according to Boston Medical Center (BMC) researchers' Viewpoint commentary published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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